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No. 2 Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Annual Visitors: 13,650,000

A masterpiece of Gothic architecture—all soaring buttresses, crouching gargoyles, and magnificent rose windows—Notre Dame de Paris has survived attacks of Huguenots, sans-culottes, occupying armies, and questionable renovations since its completion in 1345. In spite of its often violent past, visitors flock to the cathedral for the hushed peace and reflection it provides, even in the midst of Paris. notredamedeparis.fr —Ann Shields

Source: Office of Tourism and Congress in Paris

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